Dear Reader,

The resilience of Mother Nature never fails to inspire me this time of year. After months of hibernation in cold silence, animals and plants alike burst forth into a warmer world, ready to take on whatever comes next. Hope “springs” eternal!


The books I’ve chosen for this season’s Down Home Reads feature characters who experience their own transformations. You’ll find the sweet courtship blossoming between a school teacher and a bookstore owner, three sisters aboard the RMS Titanic, a woman battling to keep her family together against the

backdrop of the Civil War, and another uncovering a family secret on Martha’s Vineyard that challenges

her sense of identity. And finally, a powerful ranching family reacts to the devastating murder of their


Be sure to head on over to too for more bookish fun, and look for my next round of recommendations in the magazine’s summer issue! More Down Home Reads are on the way, so don’t go far, y’all!


Happy Reading,

Jodi Thomas

Jodi's Current Book Selections

Return to the unforgettable world of Someday Valley, Texas, in my uplifting new novel, as a schoolteacher and a bookstore owner nurture a blossoming love while an Army Captain arrives in town to deal with her late father’s estate.

Bestseller Janet Dailey has a soapy drama that combines the best of other family sagas like Yellowstone and Dallas. Set against the backdrop of Texas horse country, the death of a patriarch leaves his rich and powerful ranching family dynasty at odds, a high-stakes reining competition hanging in the balance, and forbidden attractions in the mix.

Set amidst the rugged beauty of rural 19th century North Carolina, a captivating story about love and loss, family and survival, standing by one’s values, and finding the grace to believe in a better future, as one woman fights to keep her family united, her farm running, and her convictions whole during the most devastating period in American history.

Based on the true story of the Fortune sisters, and how the maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic would transform their lives. USA Today bestselling author Anna Lee Huber expertly weaves real historical figures and events into this vivid, surprising, emotionally powerful novel that takes place almost entirely on board.

Fans of Debbie Macomber and Elin Hilderbrand will love Jean Stone’s Martha’s Vineyard set novels. This first in series transports readers to a picturesque side of the island rarely visited by tourists, as an archeology professor inherits a quaint cottage that will change her life forever.

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